Volume 1 Issue 22: Apr 1, 2022


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Apr 7, 2022

New Challenges: A shortage of new homes and an influx of new agents makes real estate more competitive for people in industry

The housing market has been everything but normal in the last two years. There have been shortages in houses, increases in homes for sale and price increases, and an increase in real estate agents in the nation.As the months go on, the changes in the ...

Apr 7, 2022

Sustainability sells: Bast fibre technologies to acquire Lumberton Cellulose

Bast Fibre Technologies Inc. (BFT), a manufacturer of premium natural fibers for the global nonwoven and textile industries, announced its agreement to acquire Lumberton Cellulose LLC, a natural fiber processing facility in Robeson County, from Georg ...

Apr 7, 2022

Federal prime contracts: Robeson, Cumberland Counties performed over $75M in 2021

In 2021, businesses executed $7.3 billion in federal prime contracts in North Carolina, according to the North Carolina Military BusinessCenter.“Each of these prime contracts and perhaps billions more in subcontracts – grows jobs, expands the economy ...

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Casey Ferris
The Hope Mills Chamber of Commerce

Top 10 Places to Visit and Do Business in the Town of Hope Mills

Posted Sep 1, 2021
Have you had a chance to visit Hope Mills? There are so many wonderful things to do and see, businesses that are thriving, and culture to absorb right adjacent to Fayetteville. Check them out! The Hope Mills LakeOnce just the brunt of many jokes
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Apr 7, 2022

Defense Alliance of North Carolina names Tammy Everett as Executive Director

EverettTAMMY EVERETT was named Executive Director of the Defense Alliance of NC (DANC) by the DANC Executive Board of Directors on March 29.Executive Board Chair Maj. Gen. Mark Brilakis, Marine Corp (Ret) announced, “By a unanimous vote of our Board, ...

Apr 7, 2022

FCEDC promotes VP to Executive VP

PattonFayetteville Cumberland Economic Development Corporation announced Vice President ROBERT PATTON JR. has been promoted to Executive Vice President.In this role, Patton will lead key strategic initiatives while continuing to drive FCEDC’s busines ...

Apr 7, 2022

UNCP grad students named Schweitzer Fellows

Two UNC Pembroke graduate students, ANNA HAMPTON and MEG SMITH, have been named 2022-2023 North Carolina Albert SchweitzerFellows.The North Carolina Schweitzer Fellowship is one of 13 Schweitzer programs in the country that is dedicated to developing ...

Apr 7, 2022

FSU professor receives UNC Board of Governors Award

BurtonThe University of North Carolina Board of Governors selected KIMBERLY SMITH BURTON, Ph.D., a mathematics professor at Fayetteville State University, to receive the 2022 Award for Excellence in Teaching.The award was established in 1993 to highl ...

Apr 7, 2022

Fayetteville Dogwood Festival: The event is back for its 40th year

The popular Fayetteville Dogwood Festival is back this year, returning on April 21-24. The longstanding tradition of the festival marks its 40th year in 2022. The festival organization, a nonprofit, is “ committed to providing a variety of famil ...

Apr 6, 2022

Money moves: First Bank finalizes Select Bank acquisition with office move

Last year, First Bancorp acquired Select Bancorp. At the end of March, the deal was finalized, marked by the move into Select's former location on Raeford Road. PHOTO PROVIDED BY FIRST BANK.On March 21, First Bank finalized its acquisition of Select ...

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